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Feb 10, 2003 (4:56 pm)
Sometimes you might just have to go to a different brand belt or size. No matter what, your belt(s) shouldn't squeal.
#33 of 41 Belt tensioner
Feb 24, 2003 (6:40 pm)
The squealing described reminds me of being stranded on an off-ramp for 2 hours on a cold november night. The squealing is probably due to a worn tensioner. After the squealing begins, I wouldnt hesitate to have the 90 dollar service done...its much cheaper than having it towed. Keep an eye on your temp if the squealing is occuring, because the belt may become dislodged and the water pump will shut off. Shift to neutral and shut it off quickly if this happens.
Feb 24, 2003 (9:44 pm)
if you have good tension, however, belt surface adhesion and release from the pulleys/rollers is still an issue to check. as in, slimy belts get slimier when they get moist, and will just skip along the back-surface contacted drives. in the case of fords I have had, that means the idlers and the fan-drive drum.
no squeals yet after my change to a Gates from the OEM apparently-Dayco, but it's only one month yet. you might get a month of quiet out of two old pair of pantyhose tied together....
Feb 25, 2003 (9:11 am)
If Gates can't fix it, it is really broken! Two pair of panty hose tied together sounds like a social issue... >:o]
Feb 25, 2003 (12:27 pm)
I prefer to rely on horsepower transfer on the Gates belt, myself.
Feb 26, 2003 (8:13 pm)
Yeah, a powerful horse in panty hose can be a lot to handle!
Feb 26, 2003 (9:55 pm)
party on, dude! I sorta expect that this belt will fix my squeaks.
now the SO's squeaks, ahhhh, .......
Mar 18, 2003 (12:32 am)
it's been about two months, and we're into fog weather now here in the nearest metropolis to Frostbite Falls, MN. not a squeak from my new Gates belt on my explorer. I declare victory and am withdrawing my battle group from the garage.
Mar 18, 2003 (7:26 am)
Gates of Denver is the good one. Gates of Redmond, well...
I have found over the years that the Gates Rubber Company has never disappointed me. I can't say that about the other brands, unfortunately.
#41 of 41 bill gates belts
Mar 18, 2003 (10:04 am)
typically go around the neck of major customers (oh, you have 70,000 seat licenses? well, we need to audit you, and that upgrade kit you need? our new policy is to sell you three years of upgrades, whether you will install them or not. sign or die. no, we don't have any bug fixes yet for your issues.)
Gates Rubber Co. belts go on cars, trucks, air handlers, what have you, and run for years without attention. you can see when they aren't on right, and fix it yourself with hand tools, some of which alas are unique due to squirrelly packing of the engine compartment by the carmakers.
there is a difference and I have bought the squirrelly hand tool needed to manipulate the tensioner, another 8 pounds of iron in my duffel bag in back.